We are a fun loving, professional and discreet crew. One of our attributes is a canny ability to read the requirements of our charter clients before they need anything, but most importantly, we emphasize the necessity to read how guests wish to be treated, not everyone wants the crew shadowing their every move. We believe in a much more dynamic way of making sure you get the 6 star plus service that you have chartered our yacht for.
Captain – Paul Mcwilliams
Paul has worked in the yachting industry since 1998, he holds a Master Class IV qualification. In that time he has worked on a variety of vessels, from Gaff rigged classic sailing yachts, to high performance powerboats. He has captained large yachts since 2006. He is here to make sure your holiday is an unforgettable experience, so if there is anything that can improve your time onboard, don’t hesitate to ask. Paul is an adventurous character, equally at home in the mountains or on the sea. During his now 12 year subscription to Latiko he has managed to wed an ex crew member and have babies.
1st Mate & Relief Captain – Wil Poynton
Wil is serious, serious about your enjoyment of water sports, and every aspect of your stay whilst onboard. With a degree in finance, he has a very logical and intelligent mind, couple that with his sense of humour and general gregariousness, he’s a great guy who brings a smile to everyone he meets. Wil is an avid traveller, during this last European winter he has been travelling through: South Korea, Philippines, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Guianas & Argentina. He has also, very proudly, visited every country in Europe. Wil has been 1st mate onboard since 2009, he is also the relief captain for deliveries and non-guest activities. Wil strives to learn new languages wherever he travels, whether at work or in his personal travels, he is widely regard as a cunning-linguist.
Chief Engineer – Martyn
Opie has 22 years yachting experience, during which he has gained a wealth of experience from deck hand to captain and engineer. He has mainly focused on his engineering skills in the last 10 years, most recently he has finished a 5 year commitment to a large world cruising super yacht, where he has been based in the far flung corners of the world. Opie is a keen sports man who enjoys diving, skiing, mountain biking and keeping him self fit. Opie's home town is Glenorchy, New Zealand where he lives with his partner and their son Kai.
Chief Stewardess – Willow Tengblad
Born in Toronto, Canada, your Chief Stewardess Willow decided to pursue a University degree in business. Not only can she balance your books, she can also balance your favourite flavours in her fantastic cocktails. Corporate life wasn’t for her, instead she travelled the world, where she found the yachting industry. Willow is passionate about animals and nature and is a keen scuba diver, she holds a PADI rescue diver certificate. Willow’s depth of knowledge and experience within the industry will ensure that you have a wonderful stay onboard as she coordinates all aspects of the interior. Her beautiful smile and sublime service skills will keep you well looked after at all times.
2nd Stewardess - Megan Ralph
Megan grew up in the beautiful city of Cape Town, where she acquired her keen interest for healthy cooking and nutrition. This is Megan's 4th season in the yachting industry, and 3rd season onboard Latiko. Megan plans to use yachting as a way of traveling and meeting new people. Megan has had an adventurous winter period chasing the sun from Australia to South Africa!! This year Megan has been promoted to 2nd Stewardess, a role we know she will excel at, she is looking forward making your experience onboard unforgettable.
3rd Stewardess - Olive Brodie-Stuart
Olive joins us for her 2nd year work on yachts, last year she gained lots of experience working on a classic motor yacht of the same size as Latiko. Olive holds a Masters of Art degree in Human rights law and a Bachelor of Arts in French. Whilst she has not gone full time into vocations to do with her degrees, Olive does write in a freelance capacity, and has been published in several magazines, I will leave her to embellish this further……! Out side of work time Olive loves to travel, keep fit and spend time in the great outdoors.
Chef - Christopher Appleton
Chris is a classically trained chef who has specialized in French, British, Mediterranean, Asian Fusion, North American and Vegetarian. Chris’s attitude and personality really show in his approach to cooking, he is all about excellent flavor balance, whilst paying serious homage to the ingredients. Chris started his career as a kitchen assistant in a British pub in 1996, and has worked in numerous and diverse kitchen environment since, he has even cooked for the British royal family on several occasions. Chris likes to keep fit and is plucking up the courage to run a marathon.
Bosun - Nicholas Kerr
Born in beautiful Gisborne, New Zealand Nick grew up surrounded by nature and the ocean. Straight out of high school he completed his carpentry apprenticeship, and started working as a carpenter, never imagining that one day he would be working on a super yacht. Nick is full of energy and appreciation for adventure, which he brings into the guest experience. Whether it’s leading hikes through the mountains or top notch tender driving, he is always delivering positive energy and professionalism. He loves to discover and is consistently learning, making him an asset to the team. He is also an incredible videographer so if you see him with a camera be sure to give him a smile.
Deck Hand - Phil Emma
From the South coast of the UK Phil has the sea in his blood, He has already had a long career working on the water, from running flotilla operation in Greece to lots of experience on Super yachts. We welcome his extensive experience to complement the already strong deck team. Phil will be driving the tenders, managing water sports and keeping the yacht looking in top notch condition. Like all of the crew this year he is very keen on keeping fit, and loves to travel the world. He is also a keen racing boat sailor. He is a jolly chap with a quick wit, I am sure you will enjoy him looking after your fun on the water.